B2 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 11, 2001 GREAT PLAINS THE SALINA JOURNAL A Look Ahead 11 MteJnesilay • DANCE: Jolly Mixers, High Rise playing. 8-11 p.m., Moose Lodge. No smol<ing or drinking. 827-7870. • MUSIC: Open Jam Night. King of Clubs, 1056 E. Pacific. No Cover. • LINDSBORG: Bacli dress rehearsal. 7:30 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311. 12 Thursday • CONVOCATION: Earth Day Convocation with David Van Tassell of The Land Institute. 11 a.m.. Miller Chapel, Kansas Wesleyan University. Free. 8275541, Ext. 1280. • EVENT: Golden Years Spring Festival, featuring food, games, dancing and entertainment. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Bicentennial Center. • PROGRAM: Salina Coin Club presents, "Collecting Kansas Tokens." 7:30 p.m.. Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1108 W. Crawford. • PROGRAM: Roundtable Discussion: "Why Performance Art?" with curator Maria Velasco. Noon, Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe. Free. 827-1431. • PROGRAM: Brown bag lunch and IGNITE discussions with Harley Elliott, education coordinator for Saline Art Center, and Brad Anderson, chairman of the Kansas Wesleyan University art department. 12:15 p.m., The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts, Kansas Wesleyan University. 827-5541, Ext. 1127. • PUBLIC MEETING: Business Improvement District 1 Design Review Board. 4 p.m., 114A S. Seventh. 8250535. • LINDSBORG: Honors recital for music students. 3:15 p.m., Presser Hall, Bethany College. (785) 227-3311. Listing Events Items for the Calendar of Events should be sent at least two weeks in advance to: Calendar of Events, The Salina Journal, P.O. Box 740, Salina 67402. Be sure to include name, address and telephone number. Strong storms move across Missouri By The ^Dissociated Press WARRENSBURG, Mo. — Strong thunderstorms that produced funnel clouds and hail the size of baseballs moved across several western and central Missouri counties late Tuesday afternoon and early evening, causing moderate damage. Heavy rains associated with the storm caused some minor flooding. In Warrensburg, the storm damaged an undetermined number of businesses and houses, but only a few minor injuries that did not require medical treatment had been reported. Fire Chief Tony Correia said. A window was broken at the Copper Coyote restaurant and a woman had some minor cuts. • SAUNA SCHOOL BOARD School to start later next August Calendar will have two less days; days to be 5 minutes longer By TANA THOMSON The Salina Journal The 2001-2002 school calendar will tack an additional five minutes onto the school day in order to cut by two the number of school days and, hopefully, avoid some of the heat that students endured this past August. The Salina School Board approved the calendar at its Tuesday board meeting. The change means school will start on Monday, Aug. 27, rather than Thursday, Aug. 23. School will end May 30. Board member Linda Smith and Superintendent Gary Morris presented that option and two others that were proposed by a calendar committee made up of administrators, board members, teachers and par ents. The other options were to start school Aug. 29 and end on May 30 by tacking 10 minutes onto the school day, or to modify the calendar to include seven early release days for staff development. The board decided not to approve the early release days until the district comes up with feedback from teachers about whether this year's staff development efforts have been worthwhile. Board member Jerry Lundgrin is not convinced the staff development has been worth the cost of releasing students 90 minutes early seven times this school year. He said his concern is based on talks he's had with teachers. Smith said adding five minutes to the school day might not improve student learning, but neither would hot classrooms students might experience in August. Board Member Ruth Cathcart-Rake, who voted against the calendar, said she's not convinced adding five minutes to the school day is as conducive to learning as the two days it replaces. "We don't know what the weather is going to be," she said, pointing out that last year's hot streak might not happen again. Planning big for thie future Also Tuesday, the board learned the district will work on getting costs and setting priorities from recommendations received from the Creating the Future team, a group of citizens seeking ways to improve local public schools. The team, for example, drafted these recommendations for improving early childhood development: • Implement a public awareness campaign. • Add staff • Create a therapeutic preschool for children needing mental health therapy • Renovate two unused elementary schools to provide more space for a Family Resource Center. • Provide on-site child care for students who are parents. Bryan Thompson, a member of the team, acknowledged some of the recommendations, such as providing child care, could be controversial. But Lundgrin said, "We want to keep kids in school. I would do what I can to help the kids in this position." Norris supported the child care idea, and said "It absolutely does not have anything to do with encouraging pregnancy" The team also said teacher recruitment and retention efforts might be enhanced if the district would: • Recruit new staff from under-represented groups. • Fund scholarships, grants. partnerships and public awareness campaigns. • Engage the community in the recruitment process. Other business At their meeting, the board also approved: • Spending $1.24 million for construction at Salina Central High School. • A budget for the Salina Area Technical School of $2.44 million, a 2 percent increase over the 2000-2001 budget. Your Total Nevi /s Source •^Salina Journal Connecting communities with t7 \formation • SALINE COUNTY COIWIVliSSION School officers' money OK'd Salaries, benefits are paid by federal program for 3 years By The Salina Journal The Saline County Commission signed a contract Tuesday decreasing by almost $100,000 the amount of federal dollars the county will receive to put law officers in county schools. Since the first of this year, school resource officers have prowled the grounds of two county schools — Ell-Saline and Southeast of Saline. Salary and benefits for the school resource officers are covered by a federal program called Community- Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, administered by the federal Department of Justice. The purpose of the program is to curb violence and build trust between youth and law officers by integrating officers into the flow of school activities. Originally a third school. Sa cred Heart Junior-Senior High School, was to have a resource officer But the three-year, federal program stipulates that officers remain at the schools for at least a fourth year — with the cost of that met with local dollars. Faced with that fourth-year cost. Sacred Heart opted not to participate. That led to the decrease in the federal contract amount — from $292,350 to $194,900. That lower amount was on the contract commissioners signed Tuesday "The purpose of the program is to keep them forever," by helping to get the programs started, Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said after the meeting that the purpose of the federal program is to encourage the placement of officers in schools and "keep them forever," with local dollars picking up the costs after three years. Two officers have been working in county schools since the first of the year. Commission Chairman Mike White said after Tuesday's meeting a cost-share agreement between the county and the two school districts to fund the program after three years has not yet been arranged. Sheriff's office purchase Also Tuesday, commissioners approved the purchase of a copy machine for the sheriff's office at a cost of $4,782. The seUer will be Office Integration, 112 W. Iron. 'Ulhcce The Iiui Motet Sets' Personalized Service PROFESSIONAL HEARING AID I CENTER PAT PUTZIER Owner, Audiologist 1103-A W. Crawford / Salina 827-3849 /1-800-536-3849 Friday Night Wristband 7 p.m. -11 p.in. $10.00 Unlimited Play* 'Does not include arcade illy Fun Center GOLF buy one get one FREE Through Memorial Day 1634 Suiilliwcr IMK • 7,S.'i-S27-9(W() Residential and Commercial Security and Alarm Service. Midwest Seourity Systems, Inc. 1006 E. Iron / Salina, KS 785-825-8157 / 800-732-7863 Get Your ART Together! "If You Love It.. .Frame It! Framinq I 1/2 block south GrS of Iron Ave. 121 S. 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